By Sandra Birungi
Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi and Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah walked out of the meeting which was organised by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga after disagreeing on whether to recall the house or not.
A petition was filed in which MPs want to recall parliament from recess to discuss the death of Butaleja Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda and the report given in by government as to what really killed the 24 year old. The required signatures required to file the petition were gathered and superseded the required amount which was 125 by Wednesday. However, some MPs and the president do not want the house to be recalled over the matter.
The house recall is also supposed to discuss the arrests being made by police towards several MPs after President Museveni said every MP who made a comment on Nebanda’s death will be held accountable. It is also supposed to discuss the impending summons to the Speaker for rejecting the government’s report that linked Nebanda’s death to the use of narcotic drugs.
According to media sources, Oulanyah was taken to task for disowning Ms Kadaga on the involvement of Dr Sylvester Onzivua, the private pathologist hired by Parliament to help on an independent postmortem on Nebanda.“what the Speaker directs is valid and Oulanyah does not have the powers to dismiss her directives,” a source was quoted as saying. Last week, Mr Oulanyah told police that he was not aware of Dr Onzivua’s engagement with Parliament in connection with an independent investigation into the death of the Butaleja MP.
During a meeting with the CIID Director, Ms Grace Akullo at Parliament last Friday,Oulanyah said he was not aware that Dr Onzivua, had been hired by MPs to take Nebanda’s body samples to South Africa.
Mbabazi allegedly wrote to Kadaga on December 28, challenging the involvement of Dr Onzivua. “I wish to state that am not aware that the Parliamentary Commission, of which am a member, was ever convened for that purpose and sat to take such a decision. When and how was it convened and where did it sit?” asked Mr Mbabazi.
The meeting chaired by Ms Kadaga, as the head of the commission, was also attended by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mr Nandala Mafabi, and Mr Mbabazi. It lasted about six hours but ended without a clear way forward.